planetarium

[ plan-i-tair-ee-uhm ]
/ ˌplæn ɪˈtɛər i əm /

noun, plural plan·e·tar·i·ums, plan·e·tar·i·a [plan-i-tair-ee-uh]. /ˌplæn ɪˈtɛər i ə/.

an apparatus or model representing the planetary system.
a device that produces a representation of the heavens by the use of a number of moving projectors.
the building or room in which such a device is housed.

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Origin of planetarium

1765–75; <New Latin, noun use of neuter of Latin planētāriusplanetary; cf. -arium
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British Dictionary definitions for planetarium

planetarium
/ (ˌplænɪˈtɛərɪəm) /

noun plural -iums or -ia (-ɪə)

an instrument for simulating the apparent motions of the sun, moon, and planets against a background of stars by projecting images of these bodies onto the inside of a domed ceiling
a building in which such an instrument is housed
a model of the solar system, sometimes mechanized to show the relative motions of the planets
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